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Kia Motors America Unveils New 2014 Sorento CUV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show

      Kia Motors America Unveils New 2014 Sorento CUV at the Los Angeles
                           International Auto Show

Kia's Popular U.S.-Built[1] Crossover Returns with an All-New Platform,
Sophisticated New Styling Cues and Significant Improvements To Ride, Handling
and Comfort

- Over 80 percent of the parts in the 2014 Sorento are either all-new or
significantly redesigned, including a new 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine delivers 290
horsepower

- New Sorento will be the first Kia vehicle to offer the company's
next-generation UVO eServices voice-activated telematics system

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today
unveiled a significantly redesigned version of its popular Sorento CUV at the
Los Angeles International Auto Show. Just three years after U.S. production
of the CUV began in West Point, Georgia, the 2014 Sorento comes to market as
no mere refresh or facelift, boasting instead an all-new chassis, a new
Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) V6 engine, a substantially redesigned interior
and a next-generation infotainment system. Expected to arrive in showrooms
during the first quarter of 2013, the redesigned Sorento also adds a
top-of-the-line trim level to its lineup – the SX Limited – which delivers an
impressive roster of premium features and amenities.

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"With each new vehicle launch Kia is advancing the concept of value to new
levels of sophistication and with significant chassis, suspension, powertrain
and comfort and convenience upgrades the new Sorento continues that trend,"
said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing and communications,
KMA. "With more than 80 percent of the 2014 Sorento including new or
significantly redesigned parts, it's obvious that the improvements are not
just skin deep; including technological enhancements such as UVO eServices,
the next generation of our voice activated telematics system, and Kia's
first-ever blind spot detection system. [2]"

Fundamental Changes Improve Performance, Ride and Handling

If the engine is to be considered the heart of any vehicle, it's safe to
assume the new 2014 Sorento has a powerful ticker beneath its sculpted hood.
New this year, the all-aluminum 3.3-liter GDI V6 produces a smooth 290
horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a stout 252 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. It's
available optionally on the LX and EX, while residing as standard equipment in
the LX V6, EX V6, SX and SX Limited. Power is routed to either the front
wheels or, optionally, to all four using an enhanced Torque On Demand
all-wheel drive system that seamlessly directs power to the tire with the most
traction and now includes the benefit of Torque Vectoring Cornering Control
(TVCC) that aids stability under certain driving conditions. 

The 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine returns, now as standard equipment in
the LX and EX, and replaces the previously-standard 2.4-liter MPI 4-cylinder.
With 191 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. of torque on-hand at a low
4,250 rpm, the lightweight all-aluminum powerplant is efficient while still
providing enough grunt to perform yeoman's duty day in and day out.

Regardless of engine or driveline choice, the Sorento comes standard with a
smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Also standard in the new
2014 Sorento, Electric Motor Driven Power Steering replaces the hydraulic unit
from the 2013 model, which improves steering feel and reduces weight to aid
efficiency. New available FlexSteer offers drivers a choice of three steering
modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

Just three years into its product lifecycle, Kia's engineers saw fit to bring
the new 2014 Sorento to market on an all-new chassis that increases torsional
rigidity by 18-percent. A major focal point in designing the new chassis was
to improve ride and handling. Within the engine bay, a strut-tower brace
increases chassis stiffness and provides a solid platform for the new
independent front suspension that incorporates a stiffer H-shaped sub-frame
cradle which offers improved vehicle tracking. Around back, a reinforced
multi-link setup utilizes new bushings and mounts to better isolate road noise
vibration, while its compact design allows for more interior space.

Sophisticated Design, Inside and Out

In a segment more often known for bland utility, the new 2014 Sorento sports
dynamic and sophisticated design elements, inside and out. Redesigned front
and rear fascias enhance the Sorento's road presence with a lower, broader
appearance up front and a visually wider stance at the rear. The ubiquitous
Kia tiger-nose grille is enhanced with an anodized silver metal or black mesh
appearance and the lower valance has been opened to expose an aggressive
cross-hatched maw. Front LED positioning lamps create dramatic eyebrows
while projector style headlights peer from behind tapered clear lenses.
Available fog lights on all trim models have been upended and pushed to the
far corners of the front bumper for better forward and side visibility.
Horizontally positioned rear LED combination lamps embrace the turn signal and
back-up lights, emitting a warm corona that makes the 2014 Sorento instantly
recognizable from behind. The new Sorento rides on redesigned 17-, 18- and, a
first for Kia's best-selling CUV, larger 19-inch wheels.

To step inside the new 2014 Sorento is to experience a new level of
sophisticated elegance. A redesigned instrument panel deftly combines
technology with proven ergonomics. On EX trims and above, the large center
gauge cluster features a 7-inch TFT LCD that projects a digital speedometer
flanked by easy-to-read analog instruments for the tachometer, fuel level and
engine temp. The TFT LCD readout also displays trip and vehicle information,
along with navigation updates (optional). The center stack's appearance and
layout has been modernized and button positions have been rearranged for a
more user-friendly experience. The new design also provides room for Kia's
new larger touch screen. Diagonally spanning eight inches, the optional
screen integrates navigation, SiriusXM Traffic™[3] with real-time road
information updates, a premium Infinity^®[4] audio system, SiruisXM™ Satellite
Radio[5], Bluetooth^® hands-free connectivity[6], vehicle settings and UVO
eServices, Kia's next generation of infotainment and telematics. Other new
available features in the 2014 Sorento include Kia's first-ever programmable
power liftgate, a redesigned panoramic sunroof with a one piece power-operated
shade, integrated 2^nd row sliding sunshades, available dual ventilated
air-cooled front seats, a 115-volt power inverter, and illuminated door handle
pockets.

Using advanced sonar sensors, the 2014 Sorento is also the first of many Kia
vehicles to begin offering a blind spot detection system. The system
continually monitors traffic around the Sorento and if another vehicle is
detected within a set distance, audio and visual elements alert the driver to
the issue.

Advancing Value to New Levels of Sophistication: Sorento SX Limited

Shortly after the arrival of the new 2014 Sorento, the Sorento SX Limited is
destined for market within the second quarter of 2013. With the success of
the Optima SX Limited launched earlier this year, offering a similar
appearance package on the Sorento was a logical follow-up.

Offered only in Ebony Black, Snow White Pearl and Titanium Silver, the SX
Limited is set apart visually from the Sorento SX by unique self-leveling
Xenon HID head lights, exclusive 19-inch chrome wheels and sporty red painted
brake calipers. Exclusive SXL badges adorn the exterior to complete the look.

Inside, unique and luxurious Nappa leather trimmed seats, a wood-trimmed,
heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats are all standard. The exclusive
soft-touch head liner and pillar accents make the Sorento SX Limited an
inviting respite from the stress and strain of urban existence. 

Kia's Unprecedented Growth
Kia Motors is one of the world's fastest moving global automotive brands; from
2009-2011 Kia launched more new vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker,
and under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer earned a
reputation as an industry leader in automotive styling. Kia Motors America's
full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs has earned critical acclaim and
dramatically increased consumer awareness, perception and consideration for
the brand. In 2011, KMA recorded its 17^th consecutive year of market share
growth, thanks in part to the largest increase of any major brand in perceived
quality[7] and the industry's highest brand loyalty ranking[8]. Kia's
U.S.-based manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – is
responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and
builds two of the company's best-selling vehicles in the U.S. – the Sorento
CUV and Optima midsize sedan*. Kia's value and technology-laden lineup also
includes the Sportage compact CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Optima
Hybrid, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup
two-door coupe, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors
Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of
vehicles through more than 755 dealers throughout the United States and serves
as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA. In 2011, KMA
recorded its best-ever annual sales total and became one of the fastest
growing car companies in the U.S.[9] Kia is poised to continue its momentum
and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality,
value, advanced safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available
at its website –www.kia.com. For media information, including photography,
visit www.kiamedia.com.

[1] The Sorento is built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced
parts.

[2] The blind spot warning system is not a substitute for proper and safe lane
changing procedures. Always drive safely and use caution when changing lanes.
The blind spot warning may not detect every object alongside the vehicle.

[3] Sirius services require subscriptions, sold separately after 3-month
trial included with vehicle purchase/lease. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM
Customer Agreement at siriusxm.com© 2011 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and
all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.

[4] Infinity is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries,
Incorporated

[5] Sirius services require subscriptions, sold separately after 3-month
trial included with vehicle purchase/lease. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM
Customer Agreement at siriusxm.com© 2011 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and
all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.

[6] The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by
Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other
trademarks and tradenames are those of their respective owners. A compatible
Bluetooth® wireless technology enabled cell phone is required to use
Bluetooth® wireless technology.

[7] Source: Automotive Lease Guide Spring 2011 Perceived Quality Study.

[8] Source: Experian Automotive Q2 2011 market analysis.

[9] Based on 5-year cumulative growth between 12-month retail sales for
periods ending October 2007 and October 2012 of all U.S. automotive brands.

* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI
Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

SOURCE Kia Motors America

Website: http://www.kia.com
Contact: Scott McKee, +1-949-468-4813, smckee@kiausa.com; James Hope, Kia
Motors America, +1-949-468-1875, jhope@kiausa.com
 
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